Michael Olowokandi will miss 2-4 weeks with a small tear in his abdominal muscle. Doc Rivers announced the news before the Celtics game against the Portland TrailBlazers Friday night at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Until an MRI late Thursday revealed the small tear, Olowokandi did not think the injury would keep him sidelined for long. The veteran center had thought he could receive a shot to numb the pain and still play Friday night.
‘‘There is a small tear and [the doctors] said at least 2-4 weeks,’’ said Rivers. ‘‘So, that’s worse than I guess we thought. There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s not the best news. Michael actually wanted to get a shot to play. Then, when they found out it was a small tear, they obviously ruled that out.’’
The Celtics’ center rotation now consists of one true center, Kendrick Perkins, with Leon Powe slated to back up Perkins. River said Ryan Gomes and Brian Scalabrine could also see time there.